Still friends despite fighting for medals

PUBLISHED: 21:52 02 March 2012

Robyn Clifford (left) and Molly McAndrew (right)

Robyn Clifford (left) and Molly McAndrew (right)


Friends Robyn Clifford (left) and Molly McAndrew (right) of Sidmouth, both 13, found themselves in the unenviable position of having to compete directly against each other in the TAGB South West Tae Kwon-Do Championships.

The event was held in Salisbury last weekend and around 470 Tae Kwon-Do students of all ages competed in various divisions.

Both girls competed in the Girls’ Yellow Belt division for patterns and sparring, and showed excellent sportsmanship and winning style, both of them coming away with a medal and trophy each.

In Patterns, Robyn brought home a bronze, while Molly took gold and, in Sparring, Molly took another gold while Robyn won silver.

Instructor Gerry Waugh who trains both girls at Stowford Community Centre, Sidmouth, said: “I am delighted that Robyn and Molly, despite being direct competitors, supported each other and both came away with big smiles and, thankfully, still friends. They both worked hard, as they always do, and deserved their winning positions.”

One of Mr Waugh’s more senior grade students also brought home a Sparring medal. Black belt Dan Forder, 15, who trains at Axe Valley Leisure Centre in Axminster, had never previously entered a tournament, but went straight into the challenging black belt division, winning his first fights comfortably but being narrowly defeated later, still doing well enough to take a bronze, while 12 year old Beckie Pearson also took home a bronze, in the girls’ red belt sparring category.

Anyone interested in taking up tae kwon-do can find a local class at or call Mr Waugh on 01297 639830.

If you value what this gives you, please consider supporting our work. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Sidmouth Herald